Monday, August 29, 2016

More signs of spring in late summer

In all my many, MANY years of living in Texas, I've never experienced an August like this one. At least, not that I can remember. As a rule, Augusts in Texas are to be endured with sweltering, gritted teeth and beneath shade or indoors. But THIS August! Rains? Cool temperatures? Yes yes yes yes! And now many of the plants have decided to bloom as well. I am simply amazed.

Firecracker plant 'St. Elmo's'
Milkweed bugs doing their thing
American beautyberry
Three-lobed rudbeckia
Barbados cherry
Blue-margined ground beetle (Pasimachus elongatus)
The mandarins on my Texas satsuma tree (Citrus unshiu 'Miho') will be ripe soon!

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